Following Chinese Breakthrough Fusion Power Only 50 Years Away*

Chinese researchers have managed a breakthrough in the pursuit of fusion power - that promise of cheap, near unlimited and non polluting energy. This means that proper commercial reactors might only be as near as only 50 years away*. China...

Thing Is, James Watson’s Right, Intelligence – IQ – And Genes Are Related

What the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory decides to title people who have retired from that organisation is entirely up to Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory. It's of no more moment to the rest of us than your wife's pet name...

To Speculate On Why Oxitec’s GM Mosquitos Don’t Work

It appears that the attempt to introduce GM mosquitoes into the wild in order to outcompete the natural ones doesn't work. Which gives us the lovely opportunity to speculate as to why this might be. Our speculation here being...

Campi Flegrei Ready To Blow Up Naples – But It’s Been Like That For...

Here's one of those stories that does the rounds every few years, the Campi Flegrei is about to blow up and take Pozzuoli/Naples/Half of southern Italy with it. The Campi being the proper name for the whole super volcano...

Is Liberty Vittert Actually This Stupid – Making Money By Recycling Plastics

Liberty Vittert is rather the public face of a certain sort of science these days. Statistical science, and she was on the judging panel of the Royal Statistical Society for what was to be called the International Statistic of...

It’s Capitalism That Made Solar Panels Cheap. Capitalism And Markets, Not Public Policy

The lads over at Vox.com are quite obviously going to squeal in pigletty pleasure at the idea that smart public policy has led to some desirable goal - here a paper which claims that just that, wonks directing the...

Someone Pregnant And Giving Birth Is Not A Man

This is to distinctly go against modern mores but it's also an important distinction to make. Someone who possess the ovaries, uterus, womb and hormonal systems to carry a pregnancy to term and give birth is not a man....

Why Wouldn’t You Know – And Want To Know Why – Wombat Poo Is...

Having discussed politics already today time to turn to a subject less disgusting and more fragrant - wombat poo. The most notable feature of which is that it's cube shaped, even near cubic. This not being one of the...

US DOJ’s Absurd Sanctions On Iranian $3.4 Billion Hacking Scheme

There's no doubt that what was being done here by or on behalf of Iran's Revolutionary Guard was and is illegal. Sure, it's straight up theft. But it's also absurd to the point of crazed lunacy to call it...

Brazilian Termite Mounds Size Of Britain Emit Climate Changes Gases Like – Maybe More...

This is one of those things which is around and about true even if not exactly so - Brazilian termite mounds have been found covering an area about the size of Great Britain. They likely emit greenhouse gases to...

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News Just In – NHS Still Really Bad At Preventing Death...

This isn't quite how The Guardian frames the story of course but the finding from this latest European study is that the National Health...